Budget 2021 allocations for Transport Ministry approved at committee stage

KUALA LUMPUR: Budget 2021 allocations for the Transport Ministry have been approved at the committee stage in Parliament via a bloc vote.

The bloc vote called by Anthony Loke (PH-Seremban) after Transport Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong delivered his wrapping up speech, saw 109 votes in support of the allocation, while 94 were against and 17 MPs were not present.

Prior to the Transport Ministry, allocations for the Works Ministry were also passed in Parliament via a simple voice vote.

Allocations for a total of 13 ministries have been approved at the committee stage so far, while debates for the Science and Technology Ministry are still ongoing and are expected to be passed in Parliament later Monday (Dec 7).

Earlier, Dr Wee said RM6.052bil was allocated to the Transport Ministry under Budget 2021 where RM4.175bil will be spent for development expenditure.

He also noted that it is a 67.5% increase compared with the RM3.614bil allocated to the ministry under Budget 2020.

The RM4.175bil will cover 20 new projects (RM766mil) and 58 extension projects (RM3.4bil).

“Through this allocation, infrastructure development for transportation can be continued. The people will be able to enjoy public transportation that is comfortable and reliable, ” he said.

Allocations for a total of 13 ministries will be debated at the committee stage in Parliament beginning Tuesday (Dec 8) until Dec 15.

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